Videos buffering, faucets dripping, and clocks counting down don’t sound on the surface like the most compelling theme for a music video, but somehow in the hands of Cameron Dutra and Spencer Criegh they form the backbone of an oddly compelling music video. The video, for Daniel T.’s “Planetesimal” features a dozen plus characters, some glimpsed on briefly, others appearing throughout, engaged in other forms of daily minutiae — texting, drunkenly ordering tacos, trying to use the bathroom, playing Jenga — but each one feels like they’re living out a story that you could follow. The jaunty propulsion of Daniel T’s track, and the delirious-making synth riffs add to the strange narrative immersion that leans toward the fun side of what could have very easily been a meditation on grief or something more intense.
“I’ve been noticing lately that underground dance music has become dominated by very serious moods and atmospheres,” the producer explained of his song. “When I made ‘Planetesimal,’ I set out to do the opposite. I wanted to make something light and fun. Some people make songs about sex, this song is about flying through space.”